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- BRADNER JOINS VT WRITERS
- NEW NONPROFIT JOURNAL
- RESEARCH FOR FREE
- PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
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BRADNER JOINS VT WRITERS
Jeanne H. Bradner a well-known and nationally respected
author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board
development and leadership is joining the writing team of Volunteer
Today. She brings with her a special insight on the relationship
between government and the nonprofit sector.
She is the author of the informative, inspirational book Passionate
Volunteerism, the light-hearted but pungently insightful
The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and
Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today.
She is also a contributor to the John Wiley & Sons
Handbook of Volunteer Management and The Nonprofit
Career highlights include serving as Director of the Illinois
Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, providing support and technical
assistance to nonprofit and government efforts throughout the
state. In 1990, she was appointed Midwest Regional Director of
ACTION, the agency responsible for VISTA and senior volunteer
programs. She is an adjunct faculty member and program specialist
for the Volunteer Management Certificate Program at Illinois'
Harper College. She was the 1996 recipient of the international
Association for Volunteer Administration Harriet Naylor Distinguished
Member Service Award.
Welcome Jeanne to the distinguished ranks of contributing authors
by visiting her page on Boards and Committees.
NEW NONPROFIT JOURNAL
The Nonprofit Quarterly, a new publication from Third
Sector New England has published its second issue. The publication
is a practical learning journal of information for those working
with nonprofit voluntary organizations. The latest issue focused
primarily, but not exclusively on technology issues. Articles
included such things as: "Mission-Driven Technology Planning,"
"e-Fundraising," "Developing Enabling Networks
and Systems of Support," and "The Cultured Approach
to Technology Development in Nonprofits." There is a special
section devoted to working with a Board of Directors, financial
management, advocacy, and opinions.
The opinion section has a terrific funny article titled: "Top
15 Things Executive Directors Need to Know about Technology."
The first item in the article (numbered 15, like Letterman's Top
Ten) says, "What is the digital divide? This term refers
to the wide gap between Mr. Spock's second and third fingers as
he holds up his hand and intones the Vulcan watchword, "Live
long and prosper.'"
Yearly subscriptions are $39. For more information: 1-800-281-7770
RESEARCH FOR FREE
HandsNet is offering free subscriptions to its WebClipper service
to social service organizations with annual budgets of less than
$200,000. This clipping service allows the subscriber to receive
information from the Web on specific topics of information. WebClipper
searches 500 sites, providing daily information updates. If you
are interested contact them at http://www.handsnet.org.
PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
The first issue of "The Futurist," a publication
of the World Futurist Society, provides a glimpse into the future.
This year Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies describe trends and
their long-term implications. This team of forecasters has an
amazing track record of accuracy over a 40 year span. Here are
some of their ideas that are likely to impact volunteers and the
programs they serve.
- Economic unification in Europe will boost trade of all types
- One of the fastest growing markets in the world will be the
former republics of the Soviet Union
- Labor markets will remain tight in skilled fields. This means
employers must utilize more innovation in recruiting, benefits,
perks, and in the for profit sector, profit sharing.
- The wealth of older citizens in the West is off set by poverty
among the young and poorer old. This concentration of wealth
might impact the forces promoting economic growth.
- Population in developed countries will decline significantly.
This, however, does not factor in the uncertain impact of immigration.
- Population growth will be highest in countries least able
to support it; Pakistan, for example at 2.68% per year into mid-century;
Ethiopia at 3.17%. India's population will grow by more than
220 million over the same time period.
- Due to declines in fertility in male sperm count in most
of the developed world, there could be a decline in births. This
has implications for seniors who will need to work for more years
than currently anticipated.
- The lack of workers will increase the likelihood that industrial
nations increase and encourage migration from less developed
- Immigration from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern
will continue at a rapid rate.
- Culture clashes between native and non-native workers have
the potential to destabilize societies in the entire developed
- Service to individuals must be tailored and personalized.
(No more global volunteer recruiting!)
- People over the age of 65 are 12.4% of the US population.
By 2010 they will be 13%, by 2020 they will be 16%
- The elderly are more populous in developed countries, most
notably the US, Europe, and Japan. They are also the healthiest
and the wealthiest.
- With more free time and wealth, seniors will become consumers
of tourism and the hospitality market.
- Most seniors will enter old age wanting to continue the same
activities and enjoyment they had at a younger age.
- Centenarians will go from 135,000 in 2000, to 2.2 million
in 2050. (Are you planning volunteer tasks appropriate for 90
- Unless there are dramatic advances in geriatric medicine,
the cost of health care can expect to skyrocket.
- By 2005, 83% of American management personnel will be "knowledge
- The digital divide in the US is disappearing. In 2000, 50%
of US white households had a computer, 43% of African-American
households had them, too. The numbers of African-American computer
owners is increasing rapidly. Hispanic purchases of home computers
is also growing, but at a slower rate.
- Computer competence will reach close to 100% in US urban
areas by 2005. (Are you training volunteers to be this savvy?)
- By 2005 nearly all college and many high school texts will
be tied to Internet sites that provide rich resource material,
exercises, and news relevant to the topic.
- The increase in "knowledge" or technology workers
means rising prosperity. They are often better paid than less
- Within the US and Europe, regional differences, attitudes,
incomes, and life styles are blurring.
- The increase in intermarriage continues to mix cultures,
geographically, ethnically, socially, and economically.
- Minorities are exerting more influence over political agendas,
especially in the US and Europe.
- The Internet and cultural exchanges will help reduce the
conflicts of the 20th century. However, this is likely to produce
a backlash, especially from religious fundamentalists. Dictators
will use such movements to promote their own interests and encourage
ethnic and sectarian violence.
- Small businesses in the US are increasingly owned by minorities.
- US citizens may not be able to rely on things such as social
security, and so self-reliance and cooperation will become more
- Family issues will dominate the US into 2008: day care, long-term
health care, early childhood education, family leave, the environment,
and anti-drug campaigns.
- Tourism and travel will increase, growing 5% for the next
decade. (Do you organize volunteer positions to accommodate for
travel? Then advertise that fact?)
- Personal health concerns remain strong, but are by no means
universal. For example, young people have brought back an interest
in "mixed" drinks. However, they limit themselves to
one or two drinks with a meal, and appoint a designated driver.
- Smoking continues to decline in the US. Currently 29% of
men smoke; 23% of women. Europe is still smoking and it continues
to grow in Asia.
- 80%-90% of all diseases are stress related. The future means
more efforts to reduce stress. (Ever read the material on the
correlation between a healthy social life (including volunteering)
and longevity? Why aren't you selling the health benefits of
- Generation X and the e-generation are basically gender blind
in the workplace, compared with the older generations.
- Family is not what it used to be. Over 30% of Generation
X returns to live in their parents home at some point in their
- More and more grandparents are raising their grandchildren.
(This means they have a need for childcare, if they are to volunteer.)
- Same sex relationships are likely to rewrite the rules of
what consists of family. Vermont has the first law-granting partners
the legal rights previously reserved for heterosexual marriages.
- Governments are likely to do more to protect the environment.
Costa Rica has moved 25% of its land into protected areas, such
as national parks.
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